Our common tongue

One step forward, two steps back.

Upper case V vs B

A little blackletter prob.

J’suis pas Cecil

Statement issued on behalf of the descendants of the Indian workers on the Uganda Railway.

Killer novel plot

And other pub news.

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Account cancelling forbidden.


Political laughing chorus on the air from Der Freischütz.

Das Scroll und Scream Kitschin' Kabinett des Dr Kalebeul

Recent book recommendations

More bollocks

Visitors booked

  • Brer Rabid: "pseudo-historic revisionism, ... pack of lies and bullshit, ... Catalanophobe resentment of Spanish nationalism (past and present) apologist"
  • Don Colin: "gnomic"
  • The Pox: "Franco's Little Helper"
  • La Vanguardia wonders whether Kalebeul is a CIA operation
  • Mark Liberman: "a treat"
  • Significant other: "What was that hairy weirdo on about? What blog?"


Did church attendance decrease post-Reformation?

If so, was it because the church recommended that people do something more useful with their time, or because all the fun had gone out of the church and people lost interest? Fundamental questions, but no good general answers to be found. I'm basical...

Julian the Apostate (331-363) addresses himself to Galileo (1564-1642)


Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Dumas Club, tr. Sonia Soto (London: Vintage Books, 2003): "I know what you mean. It's Julian the Apostate crying, 'You have defeated me, Galileo.'"

Barcelona, on this day